RBSA Art Workshops for Adults 2018

23 Jul 2018 – 3 Nov 2018

RBSA Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom


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Our art workshops attract more attendees with each year, helping us to engage a wide range of art-lovers with making their own visual art. All workshops run from 11am until 4.30pm and are suitable for adults aged 18 and over, unless stated otherwise. Book is essential.


RBSA art workshops for adults 2018

Mon 23 – Tue 24 July

Vibrant Pastels

2 days with

Janette Summerfield RBSA

Learn how to utilise texture, colour, and composition to create vibrant, eye-catching pastel artworks. This workshop is suitable for all abilities, including beginners.


Wed 25 – Thu 26 July

Mixing Media

2 days with

Ann Hackett RBSA

Discover how to use a variety of media in a range of ways to create interesting artworks. Ann will provide plenty of hints and tips on how to use pen, ink, paint, papers, and materials such as bleach to give your work added texture, depth, and spontaneity. This workshop is ideal for beginners and those seeking new inspiration or creative approaches.


Fri 27 July

Wed 24 October

Painting Small with a Big Brush

1 day with Mathé Shepheard RBSA

Produce a selection of small expressive watercolour paintings to develop free movement of the hand using a range of brushes and colours. This workshop is ideal for beginners but suitable for all levels.


Sat 28 July

Pastel Gardens

1 day with

Lynda Kettle RBSA

Experiment with mark-making techniques and coloured papers to create vibrant pastel paintings based on your own reference material. This workshop is suitable for all abilities, including those new to using pastels.


Mon 30 - Tue 31 July

Mon 29 - Tue 30 October

Experimental Portrait Painting

2 days with

Jain McKay RBSA

Trial a variety of materials and approaches to create a selection of exciting portraits. There will be a live model on the second day of the workshop. This workshop is suitable for all abilities, including more experienced portrait artists seeking new ideas.


Wed 1 - Tue 2 August

Thu 1 - Fri 2 November

Painting Portraits in Oils for Beginners

2 days with

Francesca Currie RBSA

Receive an introduction into portrait oil painting by learning about the basic palette, how start a painting, facial proportions, and how to bring life to a portrait. This workshop is designed for beginners but suitable for intermediates seeking a ‘refresher’.


Fri 3 August

Powerful Portraits

1 day with

Keith Turley RBSA

Learn how to use mark-making skills, effective composition, and different tonal combinations to draw striking portraits of a live model in charcoal and graphite. This workshop is suitable for all abilities, including beginners.


Sat 4 August

Sculpting in Relief

1 day with

Jo Naden RBSA

Receive step-by-step guidance to find out how to transform a flat design into a relief sculpture in plaster. This workshop is suitable for all abilities and a great introduction for those new to working in 3D media.


Mon 6 August

Tue 23 October

Urban Drawing

1 day with

Ed Isaacs, RBSA

Receive guidance and practical tips to help increase your confidence and develop your drawing skills for sketching in the urban landscape. This workshop is suitable for beginners and intermediates.


Tue 7 August, 10.00am-5.00pm

Sat 27 October, 10.00am-5.00pm

Seeing and Thinking Photographically

1 day with

Paul Hill MBE and Maria Falconer FRPS, Guest Artists

Gain expert guidance on photography approaches to take your image-making to a new level. This workshop is suitable for all abilities and an excellent, great-value, opportunity for emerging and early-career photographers.


Wed 8 - Thu 9 August

Paint a Striking Still Life

2 days with

Dennis Minchin RBSA

Explore the rich history of the still life genre and experiment with canvas design, composition, and colour theory to paint your own vibrant still life. This workshop is suitable for all abilities, including those new to painting.


Fri 10 August

All White

1 day with

Vivienne Cawson RBSA

Sharpen up your observation skills, tonal values, and coloured whites while painting from a simple still life with white flowers. A real challenge and a great exercise in learning how to use the paper in a painting. Suitable for all abilities.


Sat 11 August

Expressive Portraits

1 day with Mark Fennell RBSA

Develop your paint and brush handling to help achieve realistic and expressive portraits in oils from life. This workshop is suitable for beginners and intermediates.


Mon 13 August

Improving your images

1 day with

Zarina Keyani, Friend

Gain top tips on how to edit and organise images of your artwork using a range of imaging tools, including ones that are free to use online. This workshop is suitable for beginners and intermediates.


Tue 14 – Wed 15 August

Get Your Art Online and Looking Great!

2 days with

Zarina Keyani, Friend

Receive step-by-step guidance on how to use templates to create a website, update and design its pages, and upload images and videos of your work. This workshop is ideal for beginners but also suitable for intermediates.


Thu 16 August

Sat 3 November

Creating Creative Content for Your Blog or Website

1 day with

Louise Palfreyman, Guest Tutor

Artists are increasingly aware that promoting work via websites, blogs, and social media is essential in this digital age. However, it can also be time-consuming and overwhelming. Join digital writer and marketing expert Louise Palfreyman as she reveals how to make the process more effective and less tiresome for artists.

20 people can be accommodated on this workshop.


Fri 17 August

British Sign Language (BSL) for Beginners

1 day with

Tanvir Ahmed, Guest Tutor

BSL is a recognised language that is used by approximately 145,000 throughout the UK. This workshop will introduce key skills and signs that are useful in everyday interactions with members of the Deaf community, such as finger-spelling and common phrases. Tanvir is profoundly Deaf and is a Senior Campaigner for Action on Hearing Loss with years of experience in promoting BSL. He uses a combination of slides, handouts, and demonstrations to lead his workshops in a friendly and informal manner. He is kindly delivering this session at a lower cost to help make it as accessible as possible for those on a lower budget.


Sat 18 August

Mon 22 October

Foundations of Portraiture

1 day with

John Davenport RBSA

Learn how to capture a good likeness by building your portrait on sound foundations. This workshop will focus on the important early stages in the creation of a portrait before developing it into a successful monochrome portrait of a live model. This workshop is suitable for intermediates and beginners seeking a challenge.


Mon 20 – Tue 21 August

Copy, Proof, Print

2 days

with Eric Gaskell ARBSA

Eric is a professional printmaker who regularly posts tutorials on his Youtube Channel. In this new RBSA workshop he will help you through the steps; from drawing (what works for print?), cutting (which parts do you need to leave?), and proofing, to the final print. This workshop is suitable for all abilities, including beginners.


Wed 22 August

Embossed Mono-printing

1 day with

Fae Kilburn, Friend

Explore embossed mono-printing and make a range of tactile prints using recycled materials and found objects from nature. Mono-printing is a fun, spontaneous, and immediate process. Prints can be simple or intricate, making this workshop suitable for all abilities and great for beginners.


Thu 23 August

Wed 31 October

Mezzotint Engraving and Beyond

1 day with

Martin Maywood, Guest Tutor

Receive expert guidance on how to create and print a mezzotint engraving. This workshop is suitable for both beginners and experienced printmakers. Ready-rocked Mezzotint plates will be provided.


Fri 24 August

Mastering Monotype

1 day with

Mike Allison, Guest Tutor

Discover how to use different monotype techniques and create a multi-plate monotype based on your selected design. This workshop is ideal for beginners but also suitable for intermediates.


Sat 25 August

Fri 26 October

Screen-printing with hand-cut stencils

1 day with Karoline Rerrie, Friend

Learn to make hand-cut stencils of your own images, patterns or designs. Then screen print onto paper using your stencils, silk screens, squeegees and water-based inks. Create layers of different colours and produce a small edition of unique screen prints. Suitable for all abilities, including beginners.



Tue 28 August

Cloth of Gold

1 day with

Judith Rowley, Friend

Discover the artistic potential of fabrics and fibres by using a variety of techniques to make beautiful surfaces for two or three-dimensional textile artworks. This workshop is suitable for all abilities, including beginners.


Thu 30 – Fri 31 August

Design from Nature

2 days with

Stephanie Redfern RBSA

Using personal image choices, develop a piece based upon the natural world. The work can be pattern or image based, and no amazing drawing skills are required. The textile techniques will include applique, hand stitching, use of fabrics, paper, embellishment, and mixed media. This workshop is suitable for all abilities.


Sat 1 September

Drawing Nature

1 day with

Cristina Celestini, Friend

Learn how to observe and manipulate pictures, photos, and sketches of the natural world to create interesting drawings in pencil and charcoal. This workshop is suitable for beginners and intermediates.


Sunday 30 September

Beautiful City Posters

Family Friendly workshop, 2-4pm

With Karoline Rerrie, Friend

To coincide with the Civic Society’s ‘The City Beautiful’ programme, design a poster inspired by well-known buildings & places in Birmingham. Draw your design onto silk screens & print your own colourful posters! This workshop is suitable for all families and great for those new to printmaking.



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